The exercise experience in adults with arthritis: A qualitative approach

Cheryl Der Ananian, Sara Wilcox, Jill Abbott, JoEllen Vrazel, Cornelia Ramsey, Patricia Sharpe, Teresa Brady

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Objective: To examine perceptions of exercise prior to arthritis, the ways in which arthritis affects exercise behavior, and current exercise behaviors in people with arthritis. Methods: Qualitative analyses were used to identify themes in 12 focus groups segmented by exercise status, education, and race. Results: Nonexercisers identified arthritis as a factor in exercise cessation. Exercisers described making changes in type, duration, intensity, and approach to exercise after diagnosis. Exercisers also described participating in a wide range of activities, whereas nonexercisers primarily cited walking. Conclusions: Intervention and marketing strategies should focus on different capabilities of exercisers and nonexercisers to modify exercise routines to accommodate arthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-744
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Arthritis
  • Exercise
  • Physical activity
  • Rheumatic disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Leadership and Management

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Der Ananian, C., Wilcox, S., Abbott, J., Vrazel, J., Ramsey, C., Sharpe, P., & Brady, T. (2006). The exercise experience in adults with arthritis: A qualitative approach. American Journal of Health Behavior, 30(6), 731-744.